I have just installed a new 250gig HDD in my Acer laptop. I have booted up with the new XP pro disc in the drive. XP Set up starts as it should but after loading it’s self and I have the “welcome to set up” screen with the options to “set up windows on this computer..press enter” . when I press enter I get a message to say that “set up cannot find any hard drives on this machine. Set up cannot continue”
Question.. Why can’t windows find the HDD.. It shows up in the BIOS.
It’s an ACER ASPIRE 5310 with a 1.6 Mhz Celeron M 520 processor..2 gig ddr2 ram. 250 gig WD HDD.
If I run my Acronis True Image, it will install the image form the old HDD no problem, It’s just Xp set up that is having trouble.
XP can not see the SATA drive You need to load the SATA drivers at the F6 prompt during setup.
Unfortunately XP expects the drivers on the "a" drive a floppy drive. You could use a USB floppy drive to load the drivers or format a pen drive as a bootable drive with the boot image from a floppy drive and load the drivers off that. or Use something like nlite click here to slipstream your XP pro version with the SATA drivers and even the service pack updates.
Could you give me a hand held guide to what I would have to do with the floppy/pen drive. also there I dont have an A drive (floppy) on this machine. I have looked at your link. so how do i get the download?
woodchip, This machine came with Vista installed and struggles to work with it. so I would like to install xp instead. Music & Video stall on play back with vista.
I dont want to install that as it struggles. I know it takes a while to install the software, but I'm happy to do that to get a machine that will do what I want with out a hitch. (if I can get it loaded).
I have an Acer Aspire 5315 and faced this same problem. I took the slipstream route and created a new XP CD with the "F6" drivers integrated along with Service Pack 3. The new SATA drive was then recognised automatically during setup.
click here for XP drivers. Click on Notebook > Aspire > 5310 then choose XP Pro from the Operating System drop-down list.